A path out of poverty

The Walking with Africans Foundation (WAF) seeks to alleviate poverty among the rural poor. We work in cooperation with our partner organization, Efforts of the Poor in Development (EPID-Kenya), a local Kenyan non-governmental organization (NGO). Together, we launched a successful pilot program in the rural town of Kibwezi in 2009.  We began with 2 peer groups and 41 members, and have steadily grown in over eight years to mentor  and support over 200 members! 

We work to empower our peer group members to raise their living standards by establishing their own small business enterprises. Through microfinance (lending and financial management), WAF has been cultivating a culture of savings and financial independence in one of the poorest and semi-arid regions of Kenya.

The cornerstone of our mission is “harambe,” which in Swahili means “working together in unity” or “pulling together.” Our role goes beyond simple loan provision. By organizing participants into peer groups that draw on the strong bonds of African community life, WAF strives to promote collective action for meaningful community development.

Be part of our journey to help us transform lives today!


Benefit Show!!!

Friday, June 30th, WAF celebrates over 8 years of success with a benefit show. Come enjoy Farafina Kan: Sounds of Africa!! Join us! 

2012 Video 

WAF 2012 video report, "A Path Out of Poverty". Stay tuned for updates on featured participants in future reports Click here for 2012 video.

2017 Newsletter

Your support changes lives. Learn more about the work you are doing with the WAF and EPID-Kenya community. Read our latest newsletter.

Photo Gallery

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